Showing posts from March, 2003

Shoton Speech

Translation of Shoton Speech

On March 11, 2003, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa attended the last day of the Tibetan "Shoton" festival in Dharamsala, India, as the principal guest. The following is a transcript of remarks made by His Holiness on that day at 4:30 p.m. to the opera group of the Tibetan government-in-exile, in addition to various opera organizations from abroad and the members of the audience.
I would first like to offer warm greetings to all who are gathered here on this last day of the Tibetan Shoton festival: the opera group from the Tibetan government-in-exile, the opera groups from abroad, the monastics, and the laity gathered here. It is excellent that this anniversary has been so well observed in this way. 
And so it has come to pass that we Tibetans living in exile have been able to once again gather to witness the performing of the Shoton opera for the ninth time. I have very much enjoyed this opportunity, and as for the audience, on the one h…

Shoton Festival

In April, His Holiness attended the Shoton Festival, which celebrates Tibetan culture, and is held annually in Dharamsala. The opening of the festival on April 4th was attended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa and other notables. On April 11th, His Holiness gave a public teaching to the attendees on the special quality of Tibetan culture and the importance of preserving the Tibetan heritage. Transcripts of His Holiness' teaching are available from this site in both Tibetan and English.

With the Dalai Lama

On March 3rd(2003), His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa attended Losar celebrations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. This year, Losar observations for the Phukluk calendar were observed one month after Losar according to the Kagyu Tsurluk calendar. (More on the different Tibetan calendar traditions)

Peace and War (2003)

In March, His Holiness resumed his regular schedule of studies, practice, interviews, and public audiences at his temporary residence at Gyuto Monastic University in Sidbhari, India. During a question and answer session with the public, His Holiness was asked some questions by a 12 year old American boy about the war in Iraq. Following is the exchange between them:

Question: Is there a need for this war?
His Holiness: In general, wars inflict great harm on people.
While an individual country may reap economic benefits, basically, wars create tremendous fear and defeat the deep wish for well-being and peace that all living beings have.
Question: Will any good come of the war?
His Holiness: War plants the seeds of hatred and revenge. Temporarily, there might be benefits for some people, but in the long term, war creates within individuals a state of mind that is unsettled and unhappy. In brief, fighting wars brings harm to humans, to the planet, and to all the living beings who …